Kochi: People in Kerala are facing high mental pressure after the devastating floods affected their lives. According to experts, mental pressure of Keralites is higher than the average number in the country.
Mental stress among the flood affected was not identified when they took shelter in the relief camps. But it is learnt that people might suffer tension when they return to their houses.
It is opined that like rebuilding the houses, importance should be given to recuperate the minds of the people while rebuilding the state.
“People will face a major challenge when they return to their houses after witnessing the flood that ravaged their earnings and hopes. Adaptive skill, the ability to manage disaster, is less for Keralites when compared to others,” said experts.
In northern states, people are always ready to face natural calamities. People who have experienced such disasters will easily overcome it. But for Keralites, the flood was a shocking experience.
People in Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam will be the major victims of mental stress as adaptive skill level is very low among them.
For Kuttanadu natives, they have experienced such flood earlier and they are not much worried about the future after the disaster. So stress level will be low among these people.
The middle class will be the most affected, observes experts.
They will suffer different problems such as depression, sleeplessness, headache, nightmare and so on. There are more chances for such condition among the people who lost their dearest ones and also suffered huge loss in the disaster.
“The disaster has ravaged the hopes of many people especially the middle class who took loans to lead a better life. Hence, their mental stress will be high. They need social and financial support to overcome the critical situation, said psychiatrist Dr CJ John.
Health minister KK Shailaja announced that the government will organise programmes to console the flood victims.
“A training in counselling was given to people in public and private sector under various groups. They will give counselling to the affected in their houses too,” said the minister.